Hypothyroidism is a low thyroid function. When you are having underactive gland, then this means it is not properly making or releasing thyroid hormones. Our thyroid gland is releasing many important hormones which travel throughout the bloodstream and they reach receptors which are found throughout the whole body. If you have a disturbance in your thyroid function, then it can cause widespread and noticeable health problems. There are some studies in which are said that 40% of the population suffers from some form of low thyroid function. Women, especially older women, are having increased chances of getting hypothyroidism. Also people who are elderly or people who have existing autoimmune diseases like celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes type 1, are having increased chances of developing hypothyroidism. Some of the most common symptoms of this disease are changes to your mood, sleep, appetite, energy, digestion, heart function, metabolism and even changes in the growth of your nails, skin and hair. This is a silent and epidemic disease. Many people suffer from hypothyroidism for many years because they do not use the right medicine or home remedy for it. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, then you need to talk with your doctor before you start using some of the below mentioned home remedies for this condition.
Here are some home remedies for hypothyroidism:
Fruits and vegetables: You should consume fruits and vegetables because they are rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. These elements are necessary for combating free – radical damage and they can lower the inflammation. Also they are nutrient – dense and they should make a large portion of a healthy diet because they support the healthy weight, hormone balance, heart health, brain function and digestive health.
Ashwagandha: This is an adaptogen herb which can help the body to respond to stress and it can keep the hormone levels better in balance. This kind of food can help to lower the cortisol and it can balance T4 levels. There are some clinical trials in which people who were suffering from hypothyroidism and who were taking ashwagandha for 8 weeks have noticed that this home remedy has significantly increased the thyroxine hormone levels which can reduce the severity of this disease. Also there are other adaptogen herbs such as holy basil, ginseng, licorice root and rhodiola which are possessing similar health benefits.
Bone broth: It is known that beef and chicken stock have amino acids l – proline and l – glycine which can help to repair your digestive lining and they can improve the hypothyroidism. Also they have many important minerals which nourish the digestive tract and they can prevent deficiencies like silicon, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. When the bone broth is a part of the hypothyroidism diet, then it can help to overcome food sensitivities, lower pain of the muscles and joints, improve energy and fight fatigue.
Natural cures for hypothyroidism
Acupuncture: This natural technique can help you to improve the symptoms. Also it can help your body respond to your regular treatment. Also this is very effective natural treatment for your immune system.
Avoid tap water: You should know that the most tap waters have chlorine and fluorine (an endocrine disruptor) which can inhibit the iodine absorption. The iodine levels may be high enough in most people’s diets but this does not mean that every single person is capable of absorbing and using all of this mineral.
Soy and coffee: These ingredients can lower the ability of the body to use hormone medication. You do not have to avoid them completely but you should not eat or drink them close to your time when you are taking your medication. if you are taking your medicines in the morning, then you should wait until later in the day to have coffee, tofu, soy milk or soy sauce.
Yoga: There are many doctors who are saying that the yoga is good for relaxation. This was not scientifically proven but it can improve the blood flow to the thyroid gland.
High – fiber foods: People who suffer from hypothyroidism can have digestive difficulties so they should add 30 – 40 g of fiber on daily basis. The diet which is rich in fiber can help with the digestive health but also it can support a healthy weight by making you feel fuller, balances blood sugar levels and it improves heart health. There are some easy ways which can help you to increase the fiber intake such as eating more seeds, lentils, beans, berries and fresh vegetables.
Avoid sugar: It is known that the sugar can disrupt the hormone balance which is necessary for the metabolism. People who suffer from hypothyroidism can have a difficult time losing weight. The thyroid is the key gland for the hormone balance and metabolism so this is a reason why you should avoid sugar because this can lead to weight gain, worsened depression, mood changes, fatigue and hormonal disturbances.
Clean water: We know that the water can help with the hydration and digestive function while at the same time it can prevent moodiness and fatigue. You should drink at least 8 ounces of water every 2 hours because this can help to prevent constipation, low energy and sugar cravings.
Meditation: This natural technique can help to relax you. There is no risk associated with this natural technique as long as you continue improving the blood flow to your thyroid gland.
Sprouted seeds: Chia seeds, hemp and flax have ALA which is a type of Omega – 3 fat and it is critical for proper hormonal balance and thyroid function. When you have adequate levels of fats in your hypothyroidism diet, then it can help you to support a healthy mood and brain function which can help to lower the inflammation. You should eat a lot of healthy fats because this can help to stabilize the sugar levels and it can help to have a healthy weight.
Probiotic – rich foods: You should consume probiotic foods such as sauerkraut, natto, kombucha, kimchi, kefir and other. When these foods are part of your hypothyroidism diet, then they can help to create a healthy gut environment by balancing the microflora bacteria which is reducing autoimmune reactions, inflammation, nutrient deficiencies and leaky gut syndrome.
Seaweeds: It is known that seaweeds are one of the best natural sources of iodine. They can help to prevent deficiencies which disturb the thyroid function and they should be part of your hypothyroidism diet. The best choices are dulse, nori and kelp. You should look for dried varieties of these foods at health food stores and you should use them in fish cakes, with tuna fish and in soups.
Coconut oil: This natural cure provides medium – chain fatty acids in the form of capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid which can support a healthy metabolism, fight fatigue and increase energy. Coconut oil is a staple for hypothyroidism diet. This oil is easy to digest and nourishes the digestive system. Also it has antibacterial, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which can suppress the inflammation. It can help to improve the immunity and it can increase the endurance, brain function and your mood while at the same time it can stabilize the blood sugar levels.
Wild – caught fish: These types of fish have Omega – 3 fatty acids EPA/DHA which are very important for the hormone balance and thyroid function. When you are on hypothyroidism diet, then it is very important to balance the levels of Omega – 3 and Omega – 6 fatty acids because they can help to reduce the inflammation and they support healthy neurological function. You should consume wild fish like sardines, mackerel and salmon because they are one of the best sources of Omega – 3 fatty acids which can increase the neurotransmitter activity and they can support a healthy mood and immune system.
Go 100% gluten – free: It is known that the molecular composition of the thyroid tissue is almost identical to that of the gluten. There are many people who suffer from hypothyroidism and who are sensitive to gluten or they have celiac disease (this is an autoimmune disease which is resulting in allergy to gluten). Gluten is found in barley products, rye and all wheat. When you are buying some kind of food, then you should check if it has gluten as its ingredient. If you have undiagnosed sensitivity to gluten, then it can raise your inflammation in the future, create nutrient deficiencies and also it can worsen the hormonal problems.